A restraining order can order that person to not hurt you, threaten to hurt you, or stalk you. This includes hitting, pushing, kicking, biting, scratching, or anything else that hurts you.
In certain situations, you can also ask the court to order that you temporarily have specific belongings or documents, such as
- a vehicle;
- a checkbook;
- documentation of health, automobile, or homeowner’s insurance; or
- a document you need to prove your identity, such as an ID or passport.
You can also ask the court to order that the other person
- not shut off utilities for the home;
- not cancel or change health, auto, or homeowner’s insurance;
- not sell, hide, or get rid of property that you own or lease;
- make rent or mortgage payments on the home;
- pay for utilities for the home;
- provide financial support for the children.
These specific orders, called Orders of Maintenance, expire 120 days from when they are issued or when a judge enters new orders to replace them.
You can apply for Orders of Maintenance in these situations:
- The other person is your spouse.
- The other person is the parent of your minor child or children, and you all live together.
For more information, you can get help at a Court Service Center, located in most courthouses.